i'm ready to take the next step and do some upgrading so i made a date with new egg and they made a delivery of a Kingston ValueRAM 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200)(can't believe i've been dealing with 640mb for nearly 5 years), a SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S222A - OEM (with no instructions which is why i guess it's called oem), Seagate 320GB External Hard Drive, and a belkin 7 port usb hub. i kinda wish i got a new internal hard drive but i figured i can clear some space on the internal by using the external. so here's what i'm actually upgrading:
dell deminsions 4400
windows xp home sp3
pentium 4 cpu 1.60 ghz
20 gb ide western digital hard drive (may upgrade within the month)
lite-on ltr-24102m cd-rw (which stopped writing early 2009. lost upper and lower filters and now it only reads but not cd-rw)
since i'm replacing the cd-rw with a dvd burner/cd-rw, how do i go about performing this task? do i pull out the old drive or use the 2nd bay under it? i don't have a static wrist guard and i have carpeting everywhere so i'm a little nervous about opening the pc this time around (i had no problems adding memory last time since i had hard wood floors). if you can offer detailed instructions on how to install the new drive, i would greatly appreciate it.
thanks to all of you for your help in advance.
btw, let's go YANKEES!!!